The Chemistry and Materials Science Seminars are held in the Chemistry building (Kemistintie 1). Welcome!

Seminar coordinator: Prof. Antti Karttunen (antti.karttunen [at] aalto [dot] fi)

Upcoming seminars


  • 12th March at 14:15 in Lecture Hall Ke3 (A302), Dr. Luca Monticelli, Molecular Microbiology and Structural Biochemistry (MMSB), CNRS, Lyon, France. Title: "Simulating the effect of pollutants on biological membranes" (Host: Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi)

Past seminars


  • 14th February, 2018: Prof. David Crich, Wayne State University. Title: "Shaping Next Generation Aminoglycoside Antibiotics for Treatment of Multidrug-Resistant Diseases" (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen)
  • 22nd February, 2018: Prof. Philippe Vereecken, IMEC, Belgium. Title: "Thin-film technology for solid-state batteries" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen)


  • 2nd February, 2017: Prof. Reko Leino, Åbo Akademi University. Title: "Combinations of Catalytic and Kinetic Tools for Small Molecule Synthesis" (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen).
  • 3rd March, 2017: Dr. Jari Juuti and Dr. Yang Bai, University of Oulu​. Titles: "Recent advances in electroceramics, their composites and applications" (Juuti) and "Energy harvesting research: the road from single-source to multi-source" (Bai)" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen).
  • 27th March, 2017 PD Dr. Martin Prechtl, University of Cologne. Title: "Molecular and nanoscale catalysts for selective dehydrogenation and hydrogenation reactions" (Host: Prof. Jan Deska). 
  • 13th April, 2017: Prof. László Kürti, Rice University, Houston. Title: "Practical Direct Electrophilic Amination of Olefins and Aromatic Systems" (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen).
  • 18th May, 2017: Prof. Ashis Patra, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur​. Title: "Luminescent lanthanide probes as targeted theranostic and imaging agents" (Host: Prof. Lasse Murtomäki).
  • 15th November, 2017: Prof. Marc Koper, Leiden University. Title: "Platinum electrochemistry: new views on an old problem​" (Host: Prof. Kari Laasonen).
  • 22nd November, 2017, Dr. Janne Pesonen, University of Helsinki. Title: "The dawn of the fourth age of quantum chemistry" (Host: Dr. Pekka Joensuu).


  • 19th February, 2016: Prof. Pavel Jungwirth, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Title: "Unraveling the complex nature of hydrated electrons in conventional and non-conventional ways" (Host: Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi).
  • 16th March, 2016: Dr. Gerrit Groenhof, University of Jyväskylä. Title: "Observe while it happens: Catching photochemistry in the act with computer simulations and time-resolved x-ray crystallography" (Host: Prof. Antti Karttunen).
  • 26th May, 2016: Prof. Ichiro Terasaki, University of Nagoya. Title: "Search for new functional oxides​" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen)
  • 9th June, 2016: Prof. Arunachala Kannan, Arizona State University. Title: "Molten Salts for Concentrating Solar Power application" (Host: Prof. Tanja Kallio).
  • 9th June, 2016: Prof. Jakob Schiøtz, Technical University of Denmark. Title: "Tuning the activity of Pt alloy electrocatalysts by means of the lanthanide contraction" (Host: Prof. Kari Laasonen).
  • 22nd September, 2016: Prof. Richard Nichols, University of Liverpool. Title: "Single molecule electronics and electrochemistry" (Host: Prof. Tanja Kallio).
  • 13th October, 2016: Prof. Florian Kraus, Philipp University of Marburg. Title: "Fluorine and Ammonia Chemistry" (Host: Prof. Antti Karttunen).
  • 15th December, 2016: Prof. Anniina Salonen, Université Paris Sud. Title: "Surfactants at interfaces: adsorption, assembly and freezing" (Host: Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi).


  • 5th February, 2015: Prof. Thomas Fässler, Technical University of Munich, Germany. Title: "Applied and new materials for rechargeable Li ion batteries: Li2S and Li-containing intermetallics" (Host: Prof. Antti Karttunen).
  • 9th June, 2015: Prof. Markus Ahlskog, University of Jyväskylä. Title: Carbon nanotubes: basic conduction properties and future sensor applications (Host: Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi).
  • 11th June, 2015: Dr. Lorenzo Maschio, University of Turin, Italy. Title: Recent Advances in Ab Initio Simulation of Crystalline Solids (Host: Prof. Antti Karttunen).
  • 12th August, 2015: Dr. Roy Weinstain, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Title: Developing chemical-biology tools to study plant hormones dynamics (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen).
  • 4th September, 2015: Dr. Naoya Kumagai, Institute of Microbial Chemistry, Tokyo, Japan. Title: Exploration of Cooperative Asymmetric Catalysis Toward Efficient Synthesis of Therapeutics (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen).
  • 7th December 2015: Prof. Kunihito Koumoto, Nagoya University/Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute, Japan. Title: "Inorganic/organic hybrid superlattices for novel thermoelectrics" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen).
  • 15th December 2015: Prof. Margret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), Germany. Title: "Materials research for next generation batteries​" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen).


  • 14th February, 2014: Dr. Hélder Santos, Helsinki University, Finland. Title: "Mesoporous Silicon Materials for Controlled Drug Delivery and Biomedical Applications" (Host: Dr. Lasse Murtomäki).
  • 28th March, 2014: Prof. Heikki Tenhu, University of Helsinki, Finland. Title: "Smart polymers and hybrid nanomaterials" (Host: Dr. Kirsi Yliniemi)
  • 30th May, 2014: Prof. Masahiro Murakami, Kyoto University, Japan, Title: "Reactions Set up in Sequence Open New, Save Lots" (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen). 
  • 17th June, 2014: Prof. Enn Lust, University of Tartu, Estonia. Title: "PEMFC based on Carbide Derived Carbons and Pt-nanoclusters Activated Catalysts" (Host: Dr. Tanja Kallio). 
  • 27th June, 2014: Prof. Jodie Lutkenhaus, Texas A&M University, USA. Title: "Temperature-Responsive Polyelectrolyte Complexes and Multilayers." (Host: Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi). 
  • 12th August, 2014: Prof. Sannakaisa Virtanen, Institute for Surface Science and Corrosion, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Title "Mg alloys: From light-weight structural materials to biodegradable implants" (Host: Dr. Ben Wilson) 
  • 26th August, 2014: Prof. Mikko Karttunen, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Canada. Title "Much ado about water" (Host: Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi) 
  • 12th September, 2014: Prof. Aloysius Siriwardena, University of Picardie Jules Verne, France. Title "Molecules Molded to Modulate: Chemists Blind Luck or Intelligent Design?" (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen). 
  • 22nd September, 2014: Prof. Ichiro Terasaki, Department of Physics, Nagoya University, Japan. Title: "New directions to thermoelectrics: photo-doping and strong electric field" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen).
  • 24th November, 2014: Prof. Patrick Woodward, Ohio State University, USA. Title "Competing magnetic interactions in the osmate double perovskites" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen).
  • 26th November, 2014: Dr. Martin Valldor, Max Planck Institut-CPfS Dresden, Germany. Title: "Composite anionic lattices to obtain chemical diversity" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen). 
  • 16th December, 2014: Prof. Jacinto Sa, Department of Chemistry, Uppsala University, Sweden. Title: "Understanding catalysis with high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy" (Host: prof. Kari Laasonen).


  • 14th January, 2013: Dr. Eneli Härk, University of Tartu, Estonia. Title  "Micromesoporous VC and WC derived carbons supported catalysts as cathodes for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells" (Host: Dr. Tanja Kallio).
  • 17th January, 2013: Prof. Larry Kricka, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Title  "Devolution of medical testing  - from Retail Health Clinic to Direct-to-consumer to the Home" (Host: Prof. Sakari Kulmala).
  • 8th March, 2013: Dr. Tapani Viitala, University of Helsinki, Finland. Title "Surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy: Working principle and applications for life science research" (Host: Dr. Lasse Murtomäki)
  • 15th March, 2013: Prof. Roman Puzniak, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. Title "Single crystals of iron-based superconductors and the impact of growth conditions, chemical substitutions, and pressure on their superconducting state properties" (Host: Prof. Hisao Yamauchi / Prof. Maarit Karppinen)
  • 22nd March, 2013: Prof. Jose Manzanares, University of Valencia, Spain. Title "Information processing using non-identical Coulomb-blockade nanostructures" (Host: Prof. Kyösti Kontturi)
  • 4th April, 2013: Prof. Zdenek Samec, J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of ASCR, Prague, Czech Republic. Title: "Catalysis of the oxygen reduction by metal-free porphyrin in one- and two-phaseliquid systems" (Host: Prof. Kyösti Kontturi).
  • 29th April, 2013: Prof. Joaquin Silvestre-Albero, University of Alicante, Spain. Title: "Novel nanomaterials for environmental applications and nanomedicine" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen). 
  • 2nd May, 2013: Prof. Kornelius Nielsch, University of Hamburg, Germany. Title "From ALD growth towards Physical Model Systems" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen). 
  • 22nd May, 2013: Dr. Egill Skulason, University of Iceland, Iceland. Title: "Modeling electro-catalytic processes for energy conversion" (Host: Prof. Kari Laasonen). 
  • 15th August, 2013: Dr. Michael Hayward, University of Oxford, UK. Title: "Topochemical reactions of 3d and 4d transition metal oxides" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen). 
  • 23rd September, 2013: Prof. Darren Dixon, University of Oxford, UK. Title: "Enantioselective Cooperative Catalysis and Complexity Building Reaction Cascades in Library and Natural Product Synthesis" (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen / Dr. Pekka Joensuu). 
  • 4th October, 2013: Prof. Paramasivan Halasyamani, Aalto University, Finland. Title: "Design, Synthesis, Crystal Growth, and Characterization of New Functional Inorganic Solid-State Materials".  Chemistry department new faculty research presentation.
  • 15th November, 2013: Prof. Mathias Christmann, TU Dortmund, Germany. Title: "Syntheses of UCS1025A, Ripostatin B and Englerin A by Catalytic Transformations of Renewable Raw Materials" (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen).
  • 12th December, 2013: Prof. Julien Bachmann, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nűrnberg, Germany. Title: "Preparation of nanostructured interfaces for the study of energy conversion reactions" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen).


  • 2nd March, 2012: Prof. Sami Franssila, Aalto University, Finland. Title "Microfluidic chips for chemistry" (Host: Dr. Tanja Kallio).
  • 16th March, 2012: Prof. Hannu Häkkinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Title "The gold-sulphur nano-interface: Self-assembled thiolate-protected clusters and molecular junctions on gold" (Host: Prof. Kari Laasonen / Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi) .
  • 30th March, 2012: Prof. Hannes Jónsson, University of Iceland, Iceland. Title "Atomic and Molecular Orbitals Revisited – with ODD Functionals" (Host: Prof. Kari Laasonen).
  • 20th April, 2012: Prof. Ari Ivaska, Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Title "Solid-State Ion-Selective Electrodes: Recent developments and applications" (Host: Prof. Sakari Kulmala).
  • 4th May, 2012: Prof. Olli Ikkala, Aalto University, Finland. Host: Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi.
  • 15th May, 2012: Dr. Dominique Agustin, Université Paul Sabatier, France. Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen.
  • 30th May, 2012: Prof. Evert Jan Meijer, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Title "Understanding Aqueous Chemistry by Molecular Simulation" (Host: Prof. Kari Laasonen).
  • 31st May, 2012: Prof. Shigeo Katsumura, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. Title "Synthesis of sphingomyelin analogs toward elucidation of membrane raft properties" (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen).
  • 15th June, 2012: Prof. Mas Subramanian, Oregon State University, USA. Title "Discovery Materials Chemistry: Synergy Between Rational Design and Serendipity" (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen).
  • 24th August, 2012: Prof. Dieter Seebach, ETH-Zürich, Switzerland, Title "b-Peptides - from organic synthesis to biochemistry, biology, medicinal chemistry ... and back" (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen).
  • 28th September, 2012: Prof. Petri Pihko, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Title "Dual and Bifunctional Catalysis in Chemical Synthesis" (Host: Dr. Pekka Joensuu / Prof. Ari Koskinen).
  • 19th October, 2012: Prof. Hannes Raebiger, Yokohama National University, Japan. Title: The rise and fall of ligand field theory (Host: Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi).
  • 1st November, 2012: Prof. Ryoji Kanno, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Title Materials chemistry of lithium batteries -Materials, interface, and all solid-state battery (Host: Prof. Maarit Karppinen).
  • 2nd November, 2012: Prof. Lauri Halonen, University of Helsinki, Finland. Title Does a lasernose sniff human illnesses?. (Host: Prof. Kyösti Kontturi / Prof. Kari Laasonen).
  • 30th November, 2012: Dr. Eric Doris, Institut de Biologie et de Technologies de Saclay, France, Title "Drug Delivery and Imaging using Polydiacetylene Micelles"  (Host: Prof. Ari Koskinen).
  • 13th December, 2012: Dr. Carina Lagergren, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Title "Research Issues and Applications for high Temperature Fuel Cells" (Host: Dr. Tanja Kallio).

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